Theatre and Feeling

Theatre and Feeling

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By (author) Professor Erin Hurley, Foreword by Anne Bogart

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 104 pages
  • Dimensions: 108mm x 172mm x 6mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230218466
  • ISBN 13: 9780230218468
  • Sales rank: 310,298

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How does a tragedy arouse pity and fear? How do music and lighting set a mood or convey an emotional tone for an audience? Why does theatre move us? Theatre& Feeling explores the idea that, for many people, theatre is a passion. It provides an intellectual framework for the range of emotional experience engendered by the theatre, establishing a base-line for further thinking and practice in this rich and emergent area of inquiry. Moving across western dramatic theory and theatre history, the book demonstrates the centrality of feeling to the theatre. Foreword by Anne Bogart

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Author information

ERIN HURLEY is Assistant Professor of Drama and Theatre at McGill University, Canada. She won the NeMLA Book Prize for National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion. ANNE BOGART is the Artistic Director of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include Antigone, Under Construction, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth; Hotel Cassiopeia; Death and the Ploughman; La Dispute; Score; bobrauschenbergamerica; Room; War of the Worlds; Cabin Pressure; The Radio Play; Alice's Adventures; Culture of Desire; Bob; Going, Going, Gone; Small Lives/Big Dreams; The Medium; Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; and Charles Mee's Orestes. She is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.

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'[a] brilliant series...these mini paperbacks each give an insightful, focused overview of a key topic...start collecting now.' - Whatsonstage.com 'An excellent book...the writing is extraordinarily lucid, without ever simplifying the issues at hand. The effect is really pleasurable'. - Nicholas Ridout, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary, University of London 'Reading Theatre& Feeling can help us to make our choices with more consciousness and accountability.' - Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company '...Palgrave Macmillan's excellent new outward-looking, eclectic Theatre& ... series.These short books, written by leading theatre academics, do much to reintroduce some of the brightest names in theatre academia to the general reader. Plus, the matrix of references to bigger books soon builds quite a comprehensive catch-up reading list for those of us who graduated more than a decade ago and are interested in where contemporary thinking is at...' - Guardian Theatre Blog, September 2009, http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2009/sep/10/theatre-critics-academics-artists 'Through its clarity and precision, as well as through its well-chosen examples, Hurley makes theatre and feeling accessible to a wide readership. The book thus delights while breaking new ground in the field, particularly regarding the crucial issue of how the feeling-technologies of theatre may contribute to a pedagogical, ethical programme. Most importantly, the book highlights the necessity, in the age of global capitalism, for further research into a feeling-based approach to the politics of performance.' - Platform

Table of contents

Foreword; Anne Bogart Theatre and Feeling Types of Feeling Feeling as the Raison d'etre of Theatre: Connections to the Body and Brain The Purpose of Theatre and its Form Social Value and Social Work Profiting from Feeling-Work Feeling's Professional Significance: Acting Further Reading